BERGEN: "Thanks to international solidarity between Norwegian and Polish civil society we can stand together,"said Adam Bodnar in his acceptance speech. Bodnar and the Ombudsman in Poland is the 32. Rafto Prize laureate.
Photos: Ingvild Festervoll Melien
SUNDAY 4 November 2018
"I treat this award as the solidarity of citizens of the Human Rights City of Bergen not only with myself, but with all those who fight in Poland for freedom, human rights and rule of law: civil society, members of academia, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and each and every member of the society who is concerned with the process of undemocratic changes,"said Adam Bodnar in his acceptance speech at Den nationale scene in Bergen.
Adam Bodnar also invited his office Director Kamila Dolowska to join him on the stage. She has worked at the Ombudsman's office for over 20 years:
"Our team knows that in the center of our work is always an individual, a human, often poor, weak, uneducated and it is Commissioner's obligation to stand up for his rights", she said in her speech.
Adam Bodnar and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights received the 32. Rafto award for the important stance taken in the face of current political developments in Poland. The Ombudsman plays a key role as defender for judicial indipendence and minority rights, and Adam Bodnar has become a significant advocate of democracy, a defender of minorities and fundamental human rights.